Yes it is! That’s SUGAR FREE of course.
How does it work?
Sugar free gum stimulates saliva flow. Stimulated saliva as opposed to resting saliva is rich in minerals like calcium ions that keep teeth hard and mineralized. It also buffers against pH changes also known as ‘acid attacks’ and contains many antimicrobials that keep bacterial diseases such as decay, gum disease and fungal infections at bay.
Without saliva, our teeth would dissolve into oblivion within months.
Additionally, chewing gum can also have the effect of physically cleansing our molars.
On the contrary, anything that reduces saliva flow can be catastrophic for our teeth. Dry mouth, or xerostomia, can be caused by dehydration, medications or some medical conditions. At North Sydney Dental Practice, our doctors will assess your saliva flow to see if you might be at risk.
So a few minutes of chewing sugar free gum perhaps after lunch (when we may not get a chance to brush and floss) is an easy, cost effective way to protect your pearly whites!
You can also read a previous post on general oral health here: Snoring problems with your child